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State Dep’t is ‘bigoted, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating’ for saying Palestinian statelessness fosters violence

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In yet another exposure of the fraudulent peace process, the State Department report on terrorism for 2016, released this month, said that some Palestinian violence is driven by “a lack of hope” in ever gaining sovereignty:

Continued drivers of violence included a lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount, and IDF tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.

Those assertions would seem eminently logical after 70 years of failure to deliver on promises of a Palestinian state, but they have generated a storm of pushback from Israel’s friends in the United States.

Last week Illinois congressman Peter Roskam wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying the “root cause” of Palestinian violence is the Palestinian Authority, not “a stalled peace process.”

Then on Monday, the Zionist Organization of America demanded that Tillerson step down.

In light of the U.S. State Department’s new, bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating error-ridden terrorism report, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) calls on Secretary of State Tillerson to resign. This Tillerson State Department Report blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Jews and Americans…

(The ZOA had criticized the Tillerson appointment when it was made, saying it could not trust Tillerson because of his connections to Arabs as a former oil man.)

On Tuesday, B’nai B’rith International (the “global voice of the Jewish community”) slammed the State Department for “pro-Palestinian bias.” B’nai B’rith executives Daniel Mariaschin and Gary Saltzman said that if the report didn’t say State Department on it, you’d think it had come “directly from the Palestinians.”

We are deeply concerned at the pro-Palestinian bias displayed in a new State Department report that severely mischaracterizes the reality in the region.

In the new annual Country Reports on Terrorism, the State Department blames Israel for Palestinian violence against Israelis. It is astonishing that State is echoing the false Palestinian narrative. If it were not released by the State Department, it would be easy to mistake the inflammatory and accusatory language as coming directly from the Palestinians…

Israel is not driving the violence committed by the Palestinians. It’s Palestinian leadership—Fatah and Hamas— that incites violence against Israelis on a daily basis.

Two days ago at the State Department briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert deflected the criticisms:

There is no justification – and we will say that time and time again – there is no justification for any acts of terrorism. The Secretary of State is staying here, he will remain here, and that will not change…

There are organizations around the world who will take issue with certain things that the State Department does…. And so I’m not going to get into commenting or characterizing every single one of them.

It is tragic to see how mired in prejudice is the American discussion of the question of the “root cause” of the conflict. Many powerful forces are resisting the necessary consciousness-raising; and it is distressing to think how much more bloodshed there will be before simple claims for freedom are accepted in the U.S. mainstream.

Philip Weiss

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  1. AddictionMyth on July 27, 2017, 2:58 pm

    Zio tears are so sweet! You should be celebrating this report and gloating about it. I’m honestly baffled by your response. Influence of the “powerful forces” you lament is waning. It’s going to be a huge wave and I suggest you try to ride it. Otherwise you’ll be watching it pass you by.

    All your years of hard work are being vindicated by the TRUMP State Dept. The irony is astonishing. Were you hoping to be the opposition forever?

    • Citizen on July 27, 2017, 4:54 pm

      The ZOA? Wasn’t AIPAC an original unincorporated arm of the ZOA, back in 1962 when ZOA was being pushed to register under FARA?

  2. gamal on July 27, 2017, 6:08 pm

    “It is tragic to see how mired in prejudice is the American discussion of the question ”

    Even more confusingly Sayyed Hasan has expressed his support to and thanks for Trump, looks like we are coming together, at last

  3. Elizabeth Block on July 28, 2017, 10:22 am

    Bnai Brith used to be a civil-liberties org. Now they’re just shills for Israel.

    • CigarGod on July 28, 2017, 11:16 am

      Infiltrated or just coming in from the cold?

    • echinococcus on July 28, 2017, 11:59 am

      An organization of any religious or tribal or ethnic minority solely intent on defending its own rights, privileges or supremacy can hardly be called a “civil liberties org”.

      It’s worse, in fact: The Sons of the Covenant, even if we stipulate the covenant as extending to the uncircumcised daughters, are named after a covenant with some supranatural thing that promises to uphold the racial supremacy of some tribes over all other humans. We have the written contract, in so many words.

  4. Rashers2 on July 28, 2017, 11:34 am

    Only on Planet Zio could someone reading the conclusion drawn from the State Dept’s report describe it as, “…bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating…” So used to having their own way and of their warped world-view going unchallenged that the threat of the cold light of truth provokes paroxysms of indignation and wild smears. What will it take to burst the Ziopaths’ bubble?

  5. James Canning on July 28, 2017, 1:06 pm

    To state the obvious, that Israel’s endless occupation of the West Bank triggers Palestinian violence, is not being “anti-Semitic”.

  6. rhkroell on July 28, 2017, 3:35 pm

    Great article. Mondoweiss furnishes me with some much needed hope, at times. Our “favorite” shameless, racist state has taken another major “hit” today. The truth will be revealed (in the end). The truth about Zionist treachery and war crimes will be disseminated to the masses worldwide (eventually).

    If you are “Jewish” (what does that mean: Jewishness is a socially-constructed identity marker that needful little “intellectual infants” subscribe to, in my view), you need only distance yourself from Israel and Zionism’s racist ideology to side with the truth over lies, blatant war crimes (the Six Day War), and crimes against humanity (incremental genocide). To choose a Closed/Tribal Society (Israel) over a Open/Democratic Society (any modern secular, democratic state) is — Karl Popper suggested many years ago — to place yourself “squarely” on the wrong side of history. “Jews” around the world need to wake up from their long, Rip-Van-Winkle-like sleep and join the modern world.

  7. genesto on July 28, 2017, 6:29 pm

    Yet another demonstration of the outright insecurity and childishness of the devoted Zionist leadership. What does it say about an organization, or individual, that can never accept criticism of any kind?

  8. Emory Riddle on July 28, 2017, 7:02 pm

    How long do they think this name calling will work? That’s all they have.

  9. wondering jew on July 28, 2017, 7:31 pm

    The quote in the headline is from ZOA. But the photo that dominates visually are of leaders of Bnai Brith. Thus while technically accurate, the juxtaposition of headline and caption results in a visual untruth.

  10. eljay on July 28, 2017, 8:42 pm

    … Then on Monday, the Zionist Organization of America demanded that Tillerson step down.

    In light of the U.S. State Department’s new, bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating error-ridden terrorism report …

    That’s a lot of adjectives to describe a terrorism report. The way I hear it, Pravda would get by with just one adjective for every noun it detested.

  11. echinococcus on July 28, 2017, 9:39 pm

    And Reb Feldman is committing a major push of untruth by protesting against the “juxtaposition” of the stinking ZoA and the even more putrescent and fetid Bené Berith.
    One would need the discriminating skills and scientific knowledge of trained herpetologists assigning correct genus to alligators and crocodiles.

  12. JosephA on July 29, 2017, 11:09 am

    The United States government may be the sole reason for the existence and persistence of the modern state of Israel. Since the indigenous Palestinians are semites, I would certainly disagree with the Zionist mischaracterization.

    • Nathan on July 29, 2017, 3:03 pm

      JosephA – The Palestinians are not Semites. Actually, no one in this world is a Semite. There is a family of languages that is called “the Semitic languages”, and this terminology is the only correct use of the word “Semitic”. Every other use is total nonsense.

      In 1879, the term anti-Semitism was coined. The background of the birth of the term is the political debate in the 19th century about the status of the Jews in European society. There were those who maintained that the Jews were local people (and hence entitled to citizenship and political rights), and there were those who claimed that the Jews are foreigners (and hence they are not entitled to citizenship and political rights). The term “anti-Semitism” was coined as the term for describing the platform of the various political parties who opposed the granting of citizenship to Jews. In essence, it’s a nonsense term. There is no such thing as “Semitism”, so anti-Semitism is also meaningless. However, anti-Semitism has become the terminology for anti-Jewish – and it means ONLY anti-Jewish.

      In the debate about the conflict, very often ones hears the boring exchange of arguments when one side says (for example) that Hamas is an anti-Semitic organization, and the other side immediately counters with the claim that “the Arabs are also Semites, so how can they be anti-Semites”. Again, there are only Semitic LANGUAGES in the world (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Maltese, Amharic), a group of languages that share a particular linguistic feature.

      • Mooser on July 29, 2017, 4:19 pm

        Gosh, “Nathan” is there any aspect of this you are not an expert on?

        Impressive depth of knowledge. And such objectivity.

      • JosephA on July 29, 2017, 11:38 pm

        I appreciate the effort you put into that reply, but you are definitely in the wrong.

        By way of example:

        (broader sense, rare, nonstandard) Prejudice, discrimination or hostility directed against any Semitic people (ancient or modern), such as Samaritans, Palestinians, Arabs or Assyrians.
        1986, Akhileshwar Singh, Political leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru, page 228:
        But Israel’s policy of anti-semitism against Palestinians was not to the liking of India.
        2002, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism, number 1-39, page 36:
        At this university, a faculty member has even gone so far as to declare Zionism a form of anti-Semitism against Palestinians.
        2003, Jeffrey St Clair, The Politics of Anti-Semitism, page 41:
        Bluntly put: if you want to end today’s “anti-Semitism” against Jews, end Zionism’s “anti-Semitism” against Palestinians.

        I should add that the small community of Arabic speaking Palestinian Jews that lived in Palestine before 1948 were also, obviously semites. They were also anti-Zionist as chronicled in the very enlightening book by Tom Suarez. If you haven’t read that yet, please do. It is filled with facts, incontrovertible facts.

      • Mooser on July 30, 2017, 12:00 pm

        “I should add that the small community of Arabic speaking Palestinian Jews that lived in Palestine before 1948 were also, obviously semites.”

        That Shem (one of Noah’s sons, as I’m sure I needn’t tell you) father of the “Semites” sure got around, starting peoples and languages. What a guy! He’s my hero. He was chasing the skirts before the hems were dry from the Flood!
        And the way the legends of the Bible fit in with linguistic history is just wonderful!

      • amigo on July 30, 2017, 2:46 pm

        “He was chasing the skirts before the hems were dry from the Flood!”Mooser.

        And all this time , I thought our generation invented all that free love in the 60,s .

      • Mooser on July 30, 2017, 6:58 pm

        ,” I thought our generation invented all that free love in the 60,s .”

        Shem, Japheth, Ham and Yam, had a lot to do right after the Flood, (and not very much time to do it, considering the date of Creation and the Flood,) so we can’t be too harsh on them.
        The Flood had wiped out all human life on earth, but apparently there were still women, and Noah’s boys had to replenish the earth. And get those proto-languages going.

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